EARLIER STORY: Gun Shop Regulations Removed from Huntington Pawn Shop Proposed Ordinance

Updated 4 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
EARLIER STORY: Gun Shop Regulations Removed from Huntington Pawn Shop Proposed Ordinance

Huntington City Council approved an amendment to a pawn shop ordinance that removes mention of firearm sales. As sent to council , a gun shop was defined as a business with over 50% of its sales from firearms.

However, as Mayor Steve Williams stressed, the definition has "unintended consequences."

The pawn shop proposal would prohibit the establishments in areas zoned neighborhood commercial, such as the location on Eighth Street at the former Rent a Center. Pawn shops would be subject to obtaining a special permit following a public hearing in other locations, such as the central business district, industry, and highway commercial.

One consequence of that definition was that locations obtaining less than 49% of revenue from gun sales would not have been subject to regulations, as well as potential Second Amendment challenges.

Council agreed to a significant amendment that drops all mention of firearm sales from the pawn shop ordinance.

Public comment and a vote on the ordinance occurs at the April 27 meeting.

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